Where is Emily Brown? Why isn’t she playing any shows? Friends, we’ve been busy recording Old Tomorrow, the new Morlove record. For those who haven’t heard, Morlove is the band I started with my good friend Corwin Fox. We write all the songs together and then invite our ridiculously talented friends to play on them. Namely Hannah Epperson on violin, Christina Zaenker on cello, Jake Jenne on drums and special guests like Neil Burnett on the harp and Manjinder Benning on tablas. We are lucky to know these incredible people!
Over the last two years we’ve been writing an album based on the theme of Pattern. Using patterns in nature, patterns humans have based on nature (weaving, architectural, musical scales), and patterns in human behaviour, we have written a collection of songs to attempt to reconnect individuals to their communities and surroundings.
It’s been an exciting summer of festivals! The highlight for me was ArtsWells Festival in remote Wells BC. Wells is an old gold-rush town that was mostly deserted until re-inhabited by outdoors enthusiasts and artists. This incredible landscape, gateway to Wells Gray Park, is an inspiring site for a fest.
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Well friends, we did it! We raised $4000 through Wire Wood Wind sales and additional donations to fund the making of this beautiful autoharp and to cover the costs of EP duplication. A successful fundraiser indeed. I picked up the ‘harp on the way through Seattle last week and have been getting to know her chords and strings. There is a remarkable clarity in her tone and wait til you hear her through a sound system! Bass galore!
So here’s a pic of the beauty and once again thank you all for your support! I also assure you that I have here the paperwork for full-on international instrument insurance so this doesn’t happen again…!
Miss EMily BroWN
Spent a beautiful day with the Exclaim! folks in Toronto and filmed a video on my old pal Matt Morgan’s porch. Later I played an opening set across the street at Saving Gigi for the National Sheild. Thanks to Matt, Roberto and crew!
Springtime in Montreal inspired Van Royko and I to capture ‘Back to the Woods’ in its appropo setting. Featured is a harp from D’Aigleharps on loan until mine is finished. To support the cause, please order a copy of Wire Wood Wind click here! Video sound by Emory Murchison and sound mix by Kyle Stanfield.
First of all, thank you SO much for your CD and download orders of Wire Wood Wind EP and other donations above and beyond.
Through online orders, half a dozen live events and gifts from friends and family, we’ve raised $2620. That leaves $1480 left to go. The total goal of $4100 covers the manufacturing of 1000 copies of the fundraiser EP Wire Wood Wind and the cost of a custom built autoharp by Pete D’Aigle of D’Aigle Harps in Seattle WA. For the full story click HERE.
The autoharp is now built and ready for pickup in Seattle, so that’s just where I’m headed That gives us one week to raise the final $1480!
Please order your copy of Wire Wood Wind EP HERE and forward the link to friends and family that might also enjoy it.
Thanks so much everyone! I’m really looking forward to writing some new music on this amazing instrument.
Miss Emily Brown – Wire Wood Wind
Miss Emily Brown – Wire Wood Wind
Record Label: Self Released
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Everyone has that one component within a piece of music that they’re able to gravitate towards more than any other. It can be as simple as drawing an audience in with lovely high-rising vocal harmonies, or it could all depend on whether the primary songwriter is able to captivate and utterly absorb their listener within the themes and topics that their lyrics touch upon. For me personally, I happen to fall firmly into the latter category. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the countless other facets that go into crafting a beautiful track or a captivating full-length, but the ability to weave a compelling narrative, to recount a distant memory, or even to create a track that embraces the art of a fictional scenario is what I’m often unequivocally drawn towards. Thankfully, there are independent artists such as the lovely, Emily Millard (who performs under the moniker of Miss Emily Brown), that place an enormous amount of emphasis and attention to detail within every individual lyric they put to paper. At times her words are cloaked in metaphorical wordplay, and at other times they’re alarmingly direct and intent upon wounding, yet when you also factor in the poetic flair, the inventive instrumentation, and the fleeting traces of nostalgic melancholy found in even her earliest recordings, it becomes clear that Millard’s tracks are as inviting as they are beautifully and thoughtfully written.
Today is the day we release Wire Wood Wind into the world and wish it well! Like sending a thousand little ships out to sea, I never know who or what they are going to find out there, what they will return with.
Back to the Woods
See my previous blog post here for the full story. I recorded Wire Wood Wind on my autoharp in Berlin in May 2011 just two months before the dear instrument was thieved from my car in Nanaimo BC! On the EP you’ll hear the work of magician and producer Martyn Heyne of Lichte Studio in Kreuzberg who has worked with bands like Efterklang and Gyda Valtysdottir of mum. Continue reading
March 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment
The ever-elegant voiced Miss Emily Brown will be releasing a new EP, “Wire Wood Wind”, on March 13. It’s a sort of way to raise money to acquire a new autoharp after her heirloom was stolen. The new experimental record is a collaboration with Martyn Heyne (Efterklang, Gyda Valtysdottir) — who if based on the wanderlust single, “Back to the Woods”, provides a textured sonic sound as accompaniment to Emily’s satiny swaying. If we take the album title and the opening lyrics of the single,“Back to the woods, the spell has been broken …”, there’s a sense this record could be an escape into a more solitary, personal sound. “Back to the Woods” feels like the beautiful melding of natural elements with electronic soundscaping. Emily’s emotive singing style and soul-searching autoharp chords melt like icing over the top of a dark tremor, twittering electronics, and sonar-like reverb. It’s a stunningly moving combination, that teems with fragility under it’s calming veneer. If you pre-order the album now (before March 22) you can get your copy signed by Miss Emily Brown herself. Click here to go to her website for more details. She’s just set up atwitter account, so be sure to follow her there and at facebook. You can stream “Back to the Woods” courtesy of CBCMusic’s website here. Note: Photo from artist’s official website, taken by Orion Cleasby. – David D. Robbins Jr.
As many of you may already know, my beloved autoharp was stolen this summer never to be recovered. I spent four months combing pawn shops and craigslist for something to replace that old 70’s relic Jess Brown found in his grandmother’s closet. Nothing sounded nearly as good.